Breaking Even: Giants win 8-1, finish season at .500 for the first time in franchise history

By Morris Phillips

Manager Gabe Kapler knows this situation all too well. The Giants franchise hasn’t ever experienced a break-even, season finish in their history dating back to 1883.

Finishing at .500 (81-81) one season after winning 107 games isn’t ideal, but it is history. The Giants finish to 2022 marks just the fifth time a 100-win club has finished the following season without a winning record. The Giants may have not wanted that distinction, but they’ll take this one: they’re the first team since the 1925 Cardinals to be as many as eight games below .500 with 16 games remaining to finish .500 or better. Beating the Padres 8-1 on Wednesday gave them a 12-4 finish, and a clear sign that the club is engaged, not splintering, under Kapler’s leadership.

Some good, some bad. But more good than bad, just ask the manager.

Kapler has five seasons leading a big league club under his belt–the last three in San Francisco–and his 2019 Phillies team also finished 81-81. Conversely, that club lost 12 of its final 17 to finish that season at .500, and in his first season in Philly (2018) Kapler’s club led the NL East in early August only to win just 16 of their last 49 and finish with a losing record (80-82).

On the final day of 2019, the Phillies fell behind the Marlins 4-0 only to rally and come up short in a 4-3 loss. Eight times that day, Phillies’ hitters came up empty with runners in scoring position when one, successful at-bat could have pulled them even with the Marlins and given them a chance to win, and post a winning record. The Citizens Bank Park fans weighed in as always, by cheering Bryce Harper, who completed his first season in Philadelphia with 35 homers and 114 RBI, and booing Kapler.

“Expectations were high and we didn’t get the job done, but it wasn’t for lack of effort,” Kapler said after that game.

Eleven days later, Kapler was fired by Philadelphia, which freed him up to interview and be tabbed by the Giants to become their manager in 2020.

This finish will be far easier to digest for the team and the manager. David Villar homered twice in the win over the Padres, the second one with style as Villar’s drive bounced off the racing Jurickson Profar’s glove and into the first row of seats in left field. That gave the Giants a 7-1 lead in the eighth inning as they took full advantage of a Padres’ team that was more focused on their cross-country flight to New York for their first their first post-season encounter with the Mets on Friday night.

Austin Slater also homered in the win, and Lamonte Wade Jr. had three hits and an RBI. The three knocks were just enough to get Wade’s batting average to .207, a far more dignified end to his season than with the .198 average he started the day with.

Mike Yastrzemski had a pair of hits and two RBI. Yaz finished the season as one of only four Giants to get over 100 hits (104).

Joey Bart had a day as polarizing as his season as a whole. While he finished with a single and a run scored, he also struck out three times. Bart will need to cut down on his strikeouts (112 K’s in 97 game appearances) going forward, but his first, full season as the club’s catcher was a success behind the plate. Bart’s defense was impressive and memorable, as was his handling of the pitchers. On Wednesday, Bart helped eight relievers navigate the paired-down Padres lineup, allowing just four hits and a run, with the run allowed by opener John Brebbia in the first inning.

Again the bad: the Giants finished the season with 28 losses to the Padres and Dodgers combined. Against all other opponents they were 71-53. The newly-configured schedule for 2023 will see the Giants play their two tormenters six fewer times each as MLB switches to a more balanced schedule with increased interleague play.

Will that help the Giants? It could, but a headline-generating off-season filled with a couple of splashy, free agent signings will be the key to answering that question. All signs point to the Giants being heavily involved in attempting to sign slugger Aaron Judge, as well as their own free agent, starting pitcher, Carlos Rodon.

The Padres (89-73) qualified for the post-season for only the second time in the last eight seasons, but now find themselves facing a daunting task. They’ll play a best-of-three series in New York against the 100-win Mets. In order to prevail, they’ll have to face the challenge of seeing standout starting pitchers Jacob de Grom, Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt on consecutive days. If they don’t prevail, post-season baseball won’t come to Petco Park.

From a business and a momentum-building standpoint, nothing could be more important. In 2022, the Padres drew 2,987,470 fans, the fifth-highest in the majors this year and the second-highest in franchise history behind 3,016,752 in Petco Park’s inaugural season of 2004.

“More than anything we want to win the series so we can see playoff baseball here in San Diego,” slugger Wil Myers said.

Vogt homers in last career at bat to give A’s 3-2 edge over Halos at Coliseum; Oakland sweeps LA in three games

Oakland A’s catcher Stephen Vogt rounds third base after hitting a go ahead home run in his final career at bat in the bottom of the seventh at the Oakland Coliseum off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Zack Weiss on Wed Oct 5, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

Los Angeles (73-09). 2. 6. 0

Oakland (60-102). 3. 4. 0

Wednesday, October 4, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND-In a famous essay published in “Take Time for Paradise,” one time professor academic administrator, and, incidentally, MLB Commissioner , A. Bartlett Giamatti publicly confided that baseball “breaks your heart, it is designed to break your heart.

The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

The final alliteration gently calls attention to the puns on “fall,” the season of the year and the consequence of man’s first disobedience. You can hear the leaves fall, while the persistence of aural memory also suggests a slight, stuttering misreading of the phrase to give us “leaves you to face the fall all alone,” all of which makes the whole paragraph vibrate beyond all the fancy writing of its opening sentence.

Giamatti expresses a true sentiment, and does it beautifully. But it is a limited, parochial sentiment. Baseball’s reach extends beyond New England. where Giamatti was born, studied, taught, and eventually reigned over Yale University.

Try telling that to a baseball fan from the vast reservoir of baseball talent that is the Caribbean basin! The Caribbean Series ends in early to middle February, just days before pitchers and catchers report to the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.

The climate of the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t as harsh as that of New Haven,CT, and enviorons. That’s one reason why the old PCL used to have seasons of more than 200 games. But we do have an autumn, and that does

contribute to the sadness we feel when the baseball season ends, successfully or, as happened to both our teams this year, in failure.

The the game, a squeaker that the A’s won 3-2 on an emotional filled home run by Stephen Vogt, ended a high note, and the sadness, at least for me, set in later.

It was a warm, sunny day in Oakland, but there still was a resigned sadness mixed in with the festive cheering among the 11,232 fans in the old ball park before Vogt’s electrifying homer.

The presence of Sohei Ohtani on the mound and at the plate added to the emotional complexity of the game. Even A’s fans wish him well and appreciate the added excitement he brings, especially when pitching, to the game. His performance today in that category was excellent.

Ohtani set down the first 13 batters he faced, not allowing a baserunner until he issued a 3-2 walk to Vogt with one down the the bottom of the fifth Chad Pinder followed that with Oakland’s first hit, a ringing double to left that moved Vogt to third. Ernie Clement ran for Pinder, but it was Vogt who scored the tie breaking run on a sac fly to center by Conner Capel.

That ended Ohtani tenure on the mound, but he stayed in the game as designated hitter. His pitching line was one run, earned, on one hit and a walk with six strikeouts over five innings. He threw 69 pitches, 46 for strikes. He was charged with a tough loss left him at 15-9, 2.33.

At the plate, Ohtani went went one for four and made the final out in the in the Halos’ last ditch attempt to tie the game in the eighth.

The numbers that Ken Waldichuk, Oakland’s starting pitcher, brought with him (1-2,6.28) were no match for Ohtani’s (15-8,3.55), but the young left hander more than proved himself up to the ocassion. He threw seven innings of three hit shutout ball, walking just one batter and hitting another. He struck out four Angels and threw 100 pitches, 62 of them for strikes.

Waldichuk earned his second win, evening his record at 2-2 while his ERA dipped to 4.93

Nash Walters was the new Halo hurler in the bottom of the sixth. He lasted the minimum allowable three batter, allowing a one out single to Tony Kemp and a walk to Sean Murphy.

Portsider Rob Zastryzny took over and retired Seth Brown and Jordán Díaz. The two runners advanced a base on a wild pitch to Díaz, but no one scored, and the A’s retained their 1-0 lead.

Zack Weiss replaced Zastryzny replaced Walters for the home seventh and faced Vogt, who pulled a Ted Williams on Weiss’s first pitch. It was the fan favorite’s last at bat, and he pulled a 94 fastball 369 feet into the right field seats.

Oakland tacked another run on to that with a one out single by Capel, who stole second before García struck out on a wild pitch that put runners on the corners. Capel then scored on Allen’s sac fly to right that put the home team ahead 3-0.

The Halos closed the gap to 3-2 after Norge Ruíz replaced Waldichuk in the seventh. Jo Adell opened with a triple to right center that originally was

scored as a double and a error, but the scorer checked the video and gave Adell the three base hit. Logan O’Hoppe smacked a pinch hit single to left to make it 3-2.After Rengifo grounded into a 6 unassited-3 DP, Trout blasted his 40th home run of the year, a monster shot 462 feet into the upper deck in straightaway center field.

That brought Kirby Snead in from the bullpen to put out the fire with a ground out to third by Ohtani. That and a perfect top of the ninth gave Snead his first save of the year.

Jaime Barría retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.

That’s all, folks, for 2022.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: The Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum presents A’s President honorary plaque

photo provided by Amaury Pi Gonzalez (left) as the author presents the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame the Victor A. Suarez Notorious Community Service Award plaque to Oakland A’s president David Kaval on Tue Oct 4, 2022 at the Oakland Coliseum

The Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum presents A’s President

By Amaury Pi-González

October 5, 2022

OAKLAND– Oakland A’s Executive Offices, Oakland Coliseum. Mr. Dave Kaval, President of the Oakland A’s received The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame plaque for his cooperation with the museum events, from the Fan-Fest, to the Museum at the Coliseum to other events supporting this non-profit organization.

Mr.Dave Kaval receives the Victor A. Suarez Notorious Community Service Award at the Oakland Coliseum Athletics Executive Offices.

Mr. Kaval is looking forward to the A’s new home at Howard Terminal, Oakland and the Museum as part of the whole baseball oriented entertainment center that will revitalize the City of Oakland.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Padres clinch No. 5-seed in NL playoffs with 6-2 win over Giants

San Diego Padres Wil Myers gets congratulated by teammates after hitting a bottom of the eighth home run against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park in San Diego Tue Oct 4, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Sean Manaea worked six strong innings in a final tuneup before the postseason, and the San Diego Padres defeated San Francisco 6-2 Tuesday at Petco Park.

The Padres (89-72), one of the three National League Wild Card teams, clinched the No. 5-seed for the upcoming playoffs. San Diego travels to New York for a best-of-three series with the No. 4-seed Mets starting on Friday.

San Francisco (80-81) has one last chance to finish the season at .500.

Manaea (8-9) gave up one hit and one walk while logging six strikeouts in his six scoreless innings. Giants starter Alex Cobb (7-8) struck out seven without a walk in five innings, but gave up the go-ahead run on seven hits. Jharel Cotton surrendered four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Luis Ortiz and Cole Waites finished up for San Francisco.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on Manny Machado’s RBI single. In the bottom of the sixth, the Padres forged a four-run rally. Ha-Seong Kim hit a two-RBI double, Austin Nola drove in Kim with a base hit and scored on Wil Myers’ infield single.

The Giants came up with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. LaMonte Wade Jr. walked, moved to second on Mike Yastrzemski’s infield single and scored when Ford Proctor hit into a fielder’s choice and Kim made a throwing error trying to complete a double play. Proctor scored on a two-out single by Bryce Johnson.

Myers, who went 2-for-4, hit his seventh home run of the season increasing the Padres’ lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth. San Diego reliever Nick Martinez struck out three of the four hitters he faced to close out the contest in a non-save situation.

On Wednesday, the Giants and Padres play their regular season finale at 1:10 p.m. Mike Clevinger (7-7, 4.33) starts for San Diego, while the Giants did not immediately name a starter.

Langeliers walk off walk gets A’s 2-1 win over Halos in 10 innings at Coliseum

Oakland A’s starter Cole Irving serves it up against the Los Angeles Angels line up in an extra inning cliffhanger at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue Oct 4, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

Los Angeles (73-88). 1. 7. 0

Oakland (59-102). 2. 6. 1. 10 innings

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Before an intimate gathering of 8,189 spectators, two once mighty California baseball teams put on their penultimate performance of 2022 this evening at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. I was about to write “disappointing” somewhere in that sentence.

After all, some denizens of Orange County may have had high expectations for their Angels, expectations that were dashed by, among other things, Mike Trout’s injury, but who had high hopes about the 2022 A’s to begin with?

Maybe we’ll have some for 2023 or ’24, but where will the team be then? At Howard Terminal, and at what cost? In Las Vegas? So, as the crowds at the Roman Coliseum would say, carpe diem, seize the day.

The ancient Romans didn’t have artificial lighting for illuminate their entertainments, but we do, and, after the lights had taken full effect and then been turned off until next year, the A’s had pulled off their second straight 10 inning win over the Angels, taking them down 2-1 in ten frames.

In a brief pregame ceremony, the Athletics congratulated their one time catcher Kurt Suzuki, who, like Stephen Vogt, will join the ranks of retired A’s catchers after tomorrow’s last out. Suzuki, who celebrated his 39th birthday today, started behind the plate for the Angels, batting ninth. The Halos rendered their own tribute to him after the home team’s very first at bat.

The other eight Angels on the field met him at the mound and hugged him. The A’s applauded him from inn front of their dugout. Suzuki then left for the LA dugout, and Max Stassi, another veteran of the Oakland organization, entered the game as catcher.

Tonight’s starter for the green and gold was one of the few bright spots in the early part of Oakland’s season. Cole Irvin, who toed the rubber at game time, went 6-9, 2.92, allowing his opponents the modest OPS of .642. Last month, he was 2-2, 8.23, and batters battered him for an OPS of .985. Irvin’s performance tonight was excellent.

The shut the Angels out for six innings on four hits and no walks, although he did hit two batters. He struck out four and left with a no decision that lowered his ERA to 3.98. Only 24 of his 87 pitches were balls.

Michael Lorenzen, the Halos’ starter had his season interrupted at the beginning of July by a strained right shoulder and didn’t return to work until September 9. He went 2-0, 3.05 between then and tonight for an overall record of 8-6, 4.52. He defeated the Athletics in last previous start, holding them to one, unearned, run over five innings on September 28 at the Big A. In tonight’s contest, he was even stinger.

He kept Oakland scoreless over six frames, in which he allowed only three hits and three walks, with one wild pitch thrown in for leavening. He struck out seven, and 61 of his 95 offerings counted as strikes. Like Irvin, he had to settle for a no decision, but he, too, reduced his ERA, which now stands at 4.24.

The Angels tested Irvin’s mettle in the top of the sixth, when Trout led off with a Texas League double that fell at the feet of an unrushing Conner Capel in right. It looked as if Ohtani’s high, deep drive to center would break what had been up till then a scoreless tie.

But Cristián Pache caught the ball at the back of the centerfield warning track, near the Sports California sign. Trout advanced to third on the play but had to remain there on Taylor Ward´s ground out to short. Irvin plunked Anthony Rendon to put runners on the corners with two away.

Matt Duffy flew out to right, and the score remained knotted at zero. That ended Irvin’s outing; Austin Pruitt set the Angels down in order in the seventh and then gave way to Tyler Cyr in the eighth.

Andrew Wantz put the A’s down 1,2,3 in the home seventh but yielded a leadoff double to last night’s batting hero, Tony Kemp, to open the eighth. It was a costly hit for the Angels’ reliever; Seth Brown smacked a one out single to right that brought Kemp home to break the tie.

After issuing a walk to Shea Langeliers, Wantz went to the showers, replaced by Rob Zastryzny. The introduction of a left handed reliever called forth the counter move of Chad Pinder’s pinch hitting for Capel. Zastryzny disposed of Pinder and Ernie Clement to end the inning.

The winning pitcher in last night’s 10 inning triumph, Domingo Acevedo, came in at the start of the Angels’ ninth, trying to protect Oakland’s precious one run advantage. He didn’t have to deal with a zombie runner this time; he had to deal with something worse.

Liván Soto led off with a single to left. Kemp’s wild throw to second allowed Soto to reach that base safely, and when Acevedo, who was backing up the play, also made an errant toss, Soto motored on to third. He scored the tying run when Matt Duffy hit a liner to right past a drawn in infield.

After Adell flew out to center, Acevedo picked Duffy off and induced Fletcher to send a grounder to Brown at first. Brown won the race to the bag, and we went into the bottom of the ninth tied at one.

Ryan Tercera retired pinch hitters Dermís García and Stephen Vogt and then Allen to send the game into extra innings for the second night in a row.

The A’s sent AJ Puk to the mound for the top of the tenth, with Fletcher as the placed runner. Stassi sacrificed him to third, where. he had to stay. when Allen made a brilliant play of Luis Rengifo’s hard grounder to short for the second out. The A’s granted an intentional pass to Trout and chose to pitch to Ohtani. The result was a fly ball, deep to left center, that Pache caught up against Stew 34 sign.

Tepera came out for the bottom of the tenth with Allen placed on second. Kemp laid down a bunt between the mound and third base. Allen beat the throw to third but overslid the bag. Rengifo tagged him and he was called out. The A’s challenged the call, but it was confirmed. Murphy dumped a single into shallow left center that sent Kemp to third.

The Angels conceded a walk to Brown that brought Langeliers to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. The infield played in, the count went to 3-2. The pitch was a sinker that sank too much. It was a walkoff walk.

Puk, now 4-3, was the winning pitcher. Tepera took the loss. He’s now 5-4.

The season ends Wednesday afternoon, starting at 1:00. Ken Wlichuk (1-2, 6.18) will match up against Shoei Ohtani (15-8, 2.35). If you can’t make it in person, it will be televised in Japan on NHK-TV.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Reports from Las Vegas A’s done in Oakland

Oakland A’s fans at the Oakland Coliseum on Jul 20, 2022 as the A’s host the Los Angeles Angels hold up banner asking the team to stay in Oakland (AP file photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 The Las Vegas Journal Review has been closely following the negotiations between the City of Oakland and the Oakland A’s that the deal is essentially finished, over, done. Reports say the A’s who are willing to pay $1 billion for a new downtown ballpark but the City of Oakland needs to pick up the costs of the remaining $11 billion for the infrastructure which no agreement has been made.

#2 Last week the proposal was supposed to be in front of Oakland City Council that shows the proposed ballpark, housing, retail, and infrastructure plans according to the report that time has passed.

#3 A’s team president David Kaval or the team has not made an announcement yet of how the team plans to proceed. The lease between the A’s and the city has the A’s playing at the Coliseum through 2024.

#4 MLB Commissioner nor the A’s had any comment about the missed deadline, Kaval said that if there was nothing concrete by the end of this year that would doom the project and any chance for the A’s to stay in Oakland.

#5 The A’s have looked at two locations in Vegas to move to the first is the Tropicana location owned by Bally’s and the second and the Las Vegas Festival grounds north of the Vegas strip. It’s looking more like the A’s will be moving but no official word yet.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s Spanish radio broadcasts on flagship station LeGrande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kemp walks it off with RBI single as A’s edge Angels in 10 innings 5-4

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp (5) swings for a RBI single in the bottom of the tenth scoring the game winning run at the Oakland Coliseum on Mon Oct 3, 2022 against the Los Angeles Angles (AP News photo)

Los Angeles (73-87). 4. 8. 2

Oakland (58-102). 5. 11. 1. 10 innings

Monday, October 3, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Oakland’s starter for the opening game of this season’s closing series, Adrián Martínez, has, at first glance, some pretty unimpressive numbers. The 25 year old native of Mexicali, who rode the Las Vegas-Oakland shuttle for most of 2022, took the mound at 4-6, 6.08.

Six loses and a no decision over 11 games, all as a starter, isn’t bad for a team like the 57-102 Athletics. But you can’t shrug off a 6.08 ERA by pointing to the team’s collective batting average of .216. Still, Martínez is capable of stretches of brilliant mound work.

In his August 28 start against the Yankees at the Coliseum, he held the 78-49 Bronx Bombers hitless over the first 4-2/3 innings he faced them, leaving after 5-1/3 and gaining his third victory of the campaign. It’s interesting that the Mexicalense entered that game with an earned run average of 6.08, exactly the same as what he brought to the mound tonight, five years later.

When theAthletics had finished off the Angels in a stunning come from behind extra inning victory, Martínez had, once more, started out strongly but faltered in the middle innings. He lasted 4-1/3 frames and gave up four runs, one of which was posthumous, on seven hits and two walks, having thrown 81 pitches, 47 counting as strikes. He escaped with a no decision and saw his ERA rise to 6.24. The pitching star of the game was Jared Koenig, the third hurler the Coliseum Crew called upon.

Before the game began, the A’s announced that Vimael Machín had gone on paternity leave and that fellow infielder Nate Mondou had been called up from Las Vegas to replace him.

Phil Nevin and Company chose another 25 year old to start for the Angels, Patrick Sandoval. The lefty brought a record of 6-9, 3.03 with him. The only Halo starter with a lower earned run average than that is their DH for tonight, Shohei Ohetani. Sanoval has been on a hot streak in his last 10 starts, with an ERA of 2.15 over that. span.

After a little trouble in the early innings, Sandoval grew stronger as the game went on, finishing in grand form. He hurled six innings of shutout ball, in which he held Oakland to five hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out six. He threw 97 pitches, 65 of them considered strikes. All he got for his efforts was a no decision that lowered his ERA to 2.91.

The green and gold mounted the first sustained threat of the evening in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one down before Seth Brown forced Nick Allen out at home on a grounder to third and Sean Langeliers went down swinging to keep the game a scoreless tie.

Martínez’s control deserted him in the top of the fourth. After fanning Otani for the second straight time, he surrendered a double to left to Taylor. He recovered to whiff Anthony Rendon. His first two pitches to Matt Thaiss missed the plate and, rather than risk grooving one to the Halos’ first sacker, the A’s conceded him a walk.

A five pitch unintentional walk to Logan O’Hoppe loaded the bases, and Jo Andell’s grounder got between Clement and Allen on the left side of the infield to bring in Ward and Thaiss. It looked as if the two Oakland infielders may have distracted each other going for the ball.

The visitors tacked on another couple of runs in their half of the fifth. Liván Soto led off with a clean single to left, and, after Mike Trout fouled out to first, Ohtani, laced a two bagger to right to score Soto and send Martínez to showers, replaced by Austin Pruitt.

Ward drove his first offering against the center field wall to drive in Ohtani with the second run of the frame, both of them charged to Martínez. In spite of a free pass to Luis Rengifo, now playing third, Pruitt kept the Angels from enlarging their 4-1 lead.

The Athletics called on Jared Koenig to face the visitors in the top of the sixth. He held them hitless, facing them minimum through the ninth. The only baserunner he allowed came on an error by Allen in the seventh that was erased by a pitcher’s best friend.

Jimmy Herget replaced Sandoval and set the Athletics down in order in the seventh. They finally burst through the shutout barrier in the eighth. Murphy sent Ward to the warning track in right to corral his lead off fly.

Conner Capel pinch hit for Pinder and smacked a liner off Herget’s glove that went for a single. Next up, Brown smacked a triple to right, almost running into Capel on his way to third. Capel scored, making it 4-1, and Langelier’s single to right brought Brown in with the run that cut the Angel’s lead to 4-2. That signalled the end of Herget’s shift.

José Quijada replaced him, which brought Jonah Bride to the plate, hitting for García. Quijada retired him and Pache to quell the uprising.

Ernie Clement led off the bottom of the ninth with a double off the right centerfield wall. Allen worked a full count walk to put the potential tying run on base with no outs. Díaz also worked a full count but swung missed on a high and outside 95 mph four seamer.

The slumping Murphy, his BA down to .248, sent Ward to. the Eva Air advertisement behind the right field warning track to haul down the second out. Now it was Quijada vs. Capel. Capel took a strike, then a ball, then another ball, fouled off a four seamer, and took ball three. Ball four damn near beaned him.

The bases now were loaded with two out in the bottom of ninth, and Quijada had thrown his last pitch. The game’s outcome now depended on Aaron Loup on the mound and Seth Brown at the plate. Brown smacked a single into left, and the game was tied up at four, with the potential winning run on second in the person of Capel.

Langeliers refilled the bases with yet another 3-2 walk to bring up Jonah Bride. He swung at and missed a cutter, 0-1. And then flew out to right to send the game into extra innings.

With Soto at second as the zombie runner, Domingo Acevedo became the Athletics’ fourth pitcher of the night. He struck. out Trout and paid Ohtani the tribute of an intentional walk.Ward flew out to Brown at the left centerfield wall, and Soto motored over to third. Rengifo lined out to second to end the inning.

Zach Weiss entered the fray in the A’s half of the tenth with Bride placed on second. Pache sacrificed him over to third with Tony Kemp in the on deck circle, ready to pinch hit for Clement. He came to the plate and took a strike before sending a hot shot down the first base line that Thaiss couldn’t handle. It went for a hit and brought about a most amazing victory for the home team. It gave you hope for 2023, no matter where the A’s play in 2024.

Acevedo got the win and now is (4-4, 3.38). The loss went to Weiss, now (0-1, 2.19).

Cole Irwin (9-13, 4.11) will start tomorrow evening at 6:40 against the Angels’ Michael Lorenzen (8-6, 4.52).

Seven In The Eighth: Big inning leads Padres past the Giants, 7-4

By Morris Phillips

The Giants most excruciating losses in 2022 have come to the Padres. That pattern continued on Monday night.

Jake Cronenworth’s two-run double and Wil Myers’ three-run homer highlighted San Diego’s seven-run, eighth inning that broke up a scoreless ballgame and pushed the Padres past the Giants, 7-4.

The Giants (80-80) fell back to .500 with the loss, and still need one more win to avoid a losing season. The Padres have already punched their post-season ticket but will likely need one more win to clinch the fifth-seed and a trip to either New York or Atlanta to a start a best-of-three, opening round series starting Friday.

The Giants got the best imaginable in their battle with Padres’ starter Joe Musgrove, who threw six, scoreless innings but left with the game scoreless and no opportunity to get an 11th win on the season in his final start. Musgrove allowed two hits and two walks, with the hits coming in the fifth when David Villar and Lamonte Wade Jr. both singled. In four, previous starts against the Giants this season Musgrove allowed four runs in 27 2/3 innings pitched.

“It seemed really easy there for a while. Had really good command of his breaking ball. Good change-up today. Good fastball when he needed it,” manager Bob Melvin said of Musgrove.

The Giants matched Musgrove by getting a scoreless inning from opener John Brebbia followed by five, impressive innings from Sean Hjelle. Shelby Miller pitched a 1-2-3 seventh but fell into trouble in the eighth.

Trent Grisham and Brandon Dixon doubled to start the inning and put the Padres up 1-0. With one out, the Giants opted to put Juan Soto on base with an intentional walk, but Miller went 3-0 on Chris Drury before walking him as well and loading the bases. Jarlin Garcia was summoned by manager Gabe Kapler but he gave up Cronenworth’s double and Myers’ home run.

The Giants rallied in the ninth first with Brandon Crawford’s bases loaded single, then two batters later, Joey Bart’s two-run single. Bart’s hit was just the second time he’s delivered an RBI hit since August 10. Bart’s hit chased Tim Hill, but Josh Hader came on to strike out Austin Slater and induce J.D. Davis to fly out to end the game with the tying run on base.

The Giants will turn to Carlos Rodon on Tuesday in his final start of the season. The Padres have not as of yet named a starting pitcher.

EVAN LONGORIA: The Giants veteran third baseman was placed on the injured list on Monday with a fractured thumb. That ends his season, and begins the speculation as to whether he’ll return to the Giants in 2023.

The Giants hold a team option for Longoria at $13 million. His buyout number is $5 million, and that is the most likely option. But Longoria said his family is open to him continuing his career, and he would consider renegotiating a deal at lower price than $13 million.

“I’m a Giant until I’m not a Giant anymore. I don’t have any desire to go anywhere else. I’m very comfortable here,” Longoria said.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Cost of A’s ballpark worries Oakland residents; Infrastructure and affordable housing worries Fisher and the A’s

Artists rendition of the inside of an Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark in downtown Oakland (Port of Oakland photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary:

#1 Amaury, just have to ask you about the concerns that Oakland residents have regarding the cost of building a new ballpark although it’s suppose to be done with private funds the public is worries that a tax is coming with a new A’s park?

#2 No figure has been presented regarding a price tag for the new ballpark that would include, housing, retail, and parking structures.

#3 The A’s are paying for the new park from private funds it’s the housing and retail and surrounding infrastructure that the public is worried that they’ll be on the hook for?

#4 Amaury, crime in Oakland has been in headlines of late with two Berkeley High schoolers getting shot and killed in Oakland and an Oakland High School shooting that ended up with six adults injured how much does that play into the A’s moving into safe downtown for their fans?

#5 On the field tonight for the Los Angeles Angels lefthander Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.09) for the A’s Adrian Martinez (4-6, 6.08) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s Spanish radio network and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s open three game series with Angels tonight; Final homestand for Oakland

The Oakland A’s Nick Allen rounds the bases after belting a two run home run in the top of the sixth inning against Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray at T Mobile Park in Seattle against the Seattle Mariners on Sun Oct 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, Seattle Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray got lit up by Oakland A’s hitting on Sunday giving up three home runs Shea Langeliers, Cristian Pache and Nick Allen as the A’s pelt the Mariners 10-4 to end the Mariners home season and the A’s avoided a sweep.

#2 The A’s took a seven game losing streak into Sunday’s game against the Mariners and just for the sake of ending the road trip wanted to get this one in the win column and did in a big way.

#3 Mariners manager Scott Servais said that the team had a lot of emotion during this homestand and making it to the post season for the last five games and said that the loss took a little bit of the wind out of their sails.

#4 A’s starter James Kaprielian pitched a no hitter against the M’s for 5.2 innings but gave up a hit to Ty France in the bottom of the sixth inning. Karprielian ended up striking out seven batters and defeated the M’s for the third time this season.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels open up a three game series at the Oakland Coliseum against the A’s on Monday night. Starting pitcher for the Angels Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.03) and pitching for the A’s Adrian Martinez (4-6, 6.08) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

Barbara Mason did the Oakland A’s podcasts Mondays during the 2022 season at http://www.sportsradioservice.com